ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 18, 2009) -- Navy's ice hockey team officially sets sail on the 2009-2010 season tonight...
when Lehigh University visits the McMullen Hockey Arena in the Hooper Brigade Sports Complex. The opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. The same two teams will meet again Saturday at McMullen Arena, also at 7:30 p.m.
For those unable to attend this weekend's games, both will broadcast on the TEAMLINE network, which is accessible through the Navy Hockey web site: http://www.navyhockey.net/
The Midshipmen split their two games with the Ice Hawks last season, winning 3-2 on October 17 but falling the next night, 6-4.
Both contests this weekend are non-league games for Navy. The Mids compete in the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL), while Lehigh is a member of the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA). Navy had been a member of the ECHA until the conclusion of the 2006-07 season, when the Mids joined with Rhode Island, Delaware, Penn State, and Drexel to form the ESCHL. West Chester is also now an ESCHL member.
The Mids will be a young team this season, with most of their veteran returnees on the defensive side of the ice. Senior goaltenders Eric Anderson and Jeremey Estevez will vie with sophomore Jameson Marshall for the starting role, while a trio of freshmen netminders - Christian Sandroni, Ryan Dendler, and Michael Thorsen - will be looking to get some minutes between the pipes.
Navy is also led defensively by three senior defensemen: team captains Chandler Brewer and Patrick Heitman, along with assistant captain Andrew Ochalek. Senior assistant captain Keegan Kinkade is the Mids' top defensive forward. Freshmen Gary Beier (Arnold, Mt. St. Joseph) is currently listed among Navy's top six defensemen.
Offensively, Navy will be counting on juniors Sam Carlson, Michael Orzetti, and Steve Csutoros, along with sophomores Tom Fick, Kevin Frederick, Mitch Pulver, and Jim Tumolo. A half dozen freshmen forwards are also expected to battle for roster slots.
Next weekend, the Midshipmen will host local rival Towson University in a pair of games at McMullen Hockey Arena. The Tigers will visit next Friday (September 25) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday (September 27) at 1 p.m.
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